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Lifestyle Headshots

What Are Headshot Photos?

So, what exactly is a headshot photo? It can mean very different things to a lot of different people. And, what is the difference between a headshot and a portrait? Generally speaking, a headshot is a close-up of someone’s face, usually from around the shoulders up. And, also generally speaking, the difference between a headshot and portrait is that a headshot is commonly used for marketing purposes. Are there other differences that should be known? Yes.

Actor Headshots

Actors need headshots for their careers. Headshots are essentially the core of their resume. Sure, they need to list relevant experience on their resume like everyone else but, their look is essential. A good headshot for an actor is everything.

Typically, most actors will need at least a commercial headshot and a theatrical headshot. The difference between these two shots should be clear. The commercial headshot is commonly well and evenly lit with a bright cheery background. A theatrical headshot goes for dramatic looks. Often, part of the face is in shadow and the background might also be darker. The two photos are used for submitting to casting directors for two very different roles.

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The Difference Between a Commercial Headshot and Theatrical Headshot Are Ideally Used by Actors to Be Cast for Different Types of Roles

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What Are Casting Directors Looking for in Actor Headshots?

Headshots are a vital aspect of an actor’s career. They serve as one key gateway into actually getting to act in front of a camera. So it’s important to get them right. Although your first instinct might be to just use that picture of you that your friend took last summer, that is not what casting directors want to see. It’s important to get actor headshots right in order for them to reach their full potential as vehicles to auditions. That is why you should keep in mind what casting directors look for in actor headshots. What is that? Let’s find out. Continue reading

Where to Take Headshot Photos

Sometimes, deciding on a setting or location for where you want your professional headshots in Los Angeles can be difficult to decide. There might be certain considerations if you need actor headshots, corporate headshots, model headshots, etc. So, what might you need to consider?

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Studio Lighting Allows for Greater Control to Get Precisely the Shot You’re After

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Can Headshots Be Taken Outside?

When you’re looking for a headshot photographer, eventually you’ll also need to decide if you want your headshot done in a studio our outdoors location. So, sometimes the question is asked if headshots can be taken outside. In other words, can your headshots be done in natural light? The short answer is, of course, they can be. However, are they better done in a studio?

Natural light is usually a very hard light on a person and not very flattering. Contrary to popular belief, a cloudy day is typically preferred by a photographer over a bright day. If your photographer has you facing the sun, in addition to the very unflattering light, you’ll likely be squinting. If it’s a hot day, that can cause you to sweat too, or shiver if it’s a cold day. Regardless of whether you opt for natural light or studio light, there are obstacles like these to overcome. So, can headshots be taken outside? Let’s take a closer look.

Natural Light Advantages and Disadvantages

You might be considering your options being in the market for mobile headshots in Los Angeles or just shopping around for Los Angeles Headshots. Thus, you’re trying to decide where and how to take headshots. There are more disadvantages to using natural light than there are advantages. One advantage is that it is low cost. The sun is free to use. But, as with most things that are free, they’re usually not the best option. If a photographer knows what they’re doing, they can make great photos for you using natural light. Also, if you’re doing lifestyle photos, natural light is a great option. There are also great locations for a good backdrop, such as the Los Angeles arts district where Headshots by The Light Committee is located.

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With the Right Photographer, Good Natural Light Headshots Can Be Created to Complement a Headshot Portfolio

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